Arizona State Sen. Lori Klein (R) held a fundraiser Friday night in Prescott, Ariz., featuring Ohio GOP congressional candidate Samuel Wurzelbacher, more commonly known as "Joe the Plumber" from the 2008 presidential campaign.
"I'm not worried about the news," he said. "I'm just speaking like I want to speak," adding that he didn't care about being "politically correct."
He was not.
"You know, for years, I've said, you know, 'Put a damn fence on the border going to Mexico and start shooting,'" he said. "I'm running for Congress, and that should be a bad thing to say. You know what, that's how I feel. I'm not going to hide it because I'm running for an office. I want my borders protected. I'm very, very adamant about that." (It's at 28:18 of the clip, which comes from Prescott eNews. Full video below)
After being redistricted in the Senate, Klein is running for a seat in the state house. She pointed a pink handgun at an Arizona Republic reporter in July 2011 and said "Oh, it's so cute." The gun had no safety, though she said that she did not have her hand on the trigger. She also was a state chair for Herman Cain's presidential campaign and defended him against accusations that he had had a 13-year affair with Ginger White, saying he's "never been anything but a gentleman -- and I am not an unattractive woman." She added that in politics, "we want a virgin to do a hooker's job."
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio also appeared at the fundraiser, which more than 125 people attended, according to the Prescott eNews.
"I have more people in tents than this mayor has in this town of Prescott," he said to laughs. Arpaio set up a "tent city" for inmates in 1993 after overcrowding. Critics have protested the complex, saying conditions there are inhumane. Temperatures have risen up to 125 degrees.
Arpaio also defended his probe into President Barack Obama's birth certificate. Obama has released his birth certificate showing that he was in fact born in Honolulu in 1961. Hawaii officials have confirmed that fact.
"As far as the birth certificate, I'm not done with it. I've taken a lot of heat on that, but let me make one thing clear: We are looking at forged documents. We're not looking at whether he was born in Kenya or anything else, we are looking at fraudulent government documents from Hawaii, that's been our thrust all along and we're going to continue that. We know we have proof they're fraudulent, but nobody wants to touch them. Nobody. The candidates for president all way down the line. That's sad. That is really sad."
"I'm a big guy and I can take the heat," he said. "I'm just trying to do what I think is right for Maricopa County and the United States of America."
The crowd applauded him, and someone yelled, "Go get 'em Joe!"
Alexander Becker contributed reporting.
UPDATE: 7:05 p.m. -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, (D-Ohio), who is running against Wurzelbacher and heavily favored to win, condemned his comments. "Joe, the Plumber's comments have no place in a civil society," she said in a statement. "A Member of Congress is sworn to uphold the Constitution, not to take the law into his own hands. He should take back his words and apologize to everyone who respects life, the Constitution and the rule of law."
Full video, via Prescott eNews:
Maricopa County Employees Call Latinos Derogatory Names
Jail employees frequently refer to Latinos as "wetbacks," "Mexican bitches," and "stupid Mexicans," according to the lawsuit. An email that included a photography of a Chihahua dressed in swimming gear with the caption "A Rare Photo of a Mexican Navy Seal" was widely distributed by sheriff's office supervisors.
Officers Mistreat Latinos In Routine Traffic Enforcement
The lawsuit recounts how a Latina woman who was five-months pregnant and a U.S. citizen was stopped as she pulled into the driveway. "After she exited her car, the officer then insisted that she sit on the hood of the car. When she refused, the officer grabbed her arms, puled them behind her back, and slammed her, stomach first, into the vehicle three times. He then dragged her to the patrol car and shoved her into the backseat," reads the complaint. She was cited for failure to provide identification, which was later changed to failure to provide proof of insurance. The issue was resolved when the woman proved she had insurance to a court. In yet another case, two officers followed a Latina U.S. citizen a quarter of a mile to her home without flashing their lights. When she arrived home, they insisted that she stay in the car. The reason for the stop was a "non-functioning license plate light." After she tried to enter her home, officers took her to the ground, kneed her in the back and handcuffed her. She was brought to a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) substation and cited for "disorderly conduct," which was later dismissed, according to the lawsuit.
Latinos Are Indiscriminately Detained In Immigration Raids
A Latina born in the United States was taken into custody for four hours in a raid to determine her immigration status. Arpaio was quoted in response, "That's just normal police work. You sometimes take people in for probable cause for questioning and they're released." The suit notes that the reason for her detainment -- being Latina and present during a raid -- were insufficient.
Arpaio And MCSO Staff Foster Discrimination Against Latinos
Arpaio received a letter reading, "If you have dark skin, then you have dark skin. Unfortunately, that is the look of the Mexican illegals who are here illegally. ... I'm begging you to come over ... and round them all up." The sheriff labeled this as "intelligence" and forwarded to his deputy chief of enforcement operations for someone to "handle this." Upon receiving a letter backing the policy of "stopping Mexicans to make sure they are legal," he sent a letter of appreciation to the authors and kept three copies for himself, according to the lawsuit. An email circulated among MCSO staff had an image of a fake driver's license from "Mexifornia" and listed the driver's class as "illegal alien."
MCSO Employees Fail To Provide Assistance To Prisoners With Limited English
The failure to provide adequate language assistance caused some female Latina prisoners to remain with sheets or pants soiled from menstruation, alleges the suit. Others have allegedly been put in solitary confinement for "extended periods of time" for not understanding a command in English.
MCSO Arrests Arpaio Critics Expressing Their First Amendment Rights
The suit claims on multiple occasions that people were arrested for merely applauding against the office's immigration policies. The judge presiding over the case of the arrestees found that the deputy who made the arrest "believes it is his role to make uncomfortable anyone who express[es] views that disagree with the sheriff" and that he had "trampled" over the First Amendment. The court acquitted them.